Gotham SPOILER Thread: What Pressures Is Ogre Under?

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 4:45 pm

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Ogre, you asshole.

Director of You're Next Will Do Death Note...Next

By Luke Y. Thompson in Anime, Comics, Movies
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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As cheesy as some of the effects were in the original live-action Death Note movies, I enjoyed them quite a bit, and think Adam Wingard is a perfect choice for the remake - You're Next had the balance of intrigue, horror, humor and catharsis that should fit the bill perfectly.

Now, will they let him make it as two movies simultaneously? Because it's a ton of material, and had to be condensed even for those. I know only pretentious people tend to trot out the old "it should be a series on HBO" line, but, well....

Top-Down Smackdown: Holy Crap, Billy Corgan's Writing for TNA Now

By Luke Y. Thompson in Music, TV
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm

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Despite all his rage, he will book you a match in a cage. The Smashing Pumpkin-head hasn't stopped his music career, but as of today, he's adding to it, as "Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development" of TNA wrestling, or Impact Wrestling, or whatever the hell it's called now. Seriously, his first move should be to clarify that whole deal.

Corgan has been a wrestling fan all his life, and even booked a local promotion that was most notable for making a wacky furniture ad. He's also not the first musician to book wrestling - Bob Mould was on WCW's creative team for a while. In the interview below, Corgan says all the right things, even as he appears to be straining to convince us and himself that TNA is the major leagues, and that the move to a cable network nobody's ever heard of was a good one.

Still, I am suddenly interested in TNA again. That was the point, right?


New Red-Band Ted 2 Trailer: Overlong, but That First Gag Is Golden

By Luke Y. Thompson in Movies
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 12:07 pm

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Hard to believe, but this foul-mouthed trailer for a Seth MacFarlane movie opens with a funny bit that has nothing do with genitalia or vomit jokes.

And then they try to jerk off Tom Brady, and the trailer goes on for three minutes, telling us the entire story and demonstrating that Ted is one angry stoner. Well, we do say we want original franchises, after all - and even if this fails, I think I'd rather have it than a Family Guy movie...although in many ways that's arguably a distinction without a difference.

BAMF! Here's the New X-Men Movie Nightcrawler in Action

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 11:15 am

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It's a very short video, but it displays his main power - making us scratch our heads and wonder, "Huh, is that really the kid from The Road and Let Me In?"

Just kidding. He still teleports.

And still has no cool costume, because Bryan Singer.

Finally, a Sesame Street Parody Kids Will Understand Too: Avengers!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, TV
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

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It's called "Age of Bon Bon," but it's really more about the first movie (presumably the gang hasn't seen the sequel yet). It's like VeggieTales, but with a giant cookie-Hulk saving the day instead of Jesus.

Topless Robot Live! New Podcast on Star Wars, Batfleck and Super Hero Girls

By Luke Y. Thompson in Live Performance
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 9:00 am

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No guest on this week's podcast - just unfiltered Luke and Julia, on the subject of DC's Super Hero Girls initiative, Star Wars Celebration, and all the major trailers dumped on us last week.

As always, if you do iTunes, please subscribe and review us - subscribers get the newest podcasts first.

Batman v Superman (The Porn Version) Debuts Posters

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Movies
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Well, it looks like Axel Braun is shelling out money again - for a new Batsuit with the Batfleck-ish cowl, at the very least.

And as far as female representation goes, it looks like this version will feature not only Wonder Woman, but also Posion Ivy, Catwoman, Supergirl and Harley Quinn. Seems like a lot of fanboy itches might be scratched there.

Keep looking downward to see the ladies...

GoT Milked: Oh Hi, Sparrow!

By Luke Y. Thompson in Books, TV
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 6:30 am

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(As your host has missed several seasons of Game of Thrones, please excuse him if any of the questions asked in the following recap have glaringly obvious answers to the loyal fan.)

10 Radical Movie Makeovers of Nerd Characters (and How We Ultimately Received Them)

By Luke Y. Thompson in Comics, Daily Lists, Movies
Monday, April 27, 2015 at 5:00 am

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He's weird looking. He's not how I envision the character. He would appear to be violating canon in multiple ways.

That's what a whole lot of people were saying about Jared Leto's reveal as a tattooed, "grilled" Joker, as revealed Friday night...but it's also what we've been saying about cinematic interpretations of our favorite characters ever since people have been listening to our voices. And each time, a number of self-appointed gatekeepers in the mainstream media tell us something to the effect of, "Well, you're the ones who said Michael Keaton would be like Adam West. Why should ANYONE listen to YOU?" This is, of course, a gross distortion of the comic-nerd's point of view, which could point you to the plusses and minuses of both West and Keaton (funnily enough, in reviewing the 1966 Batman recently, I've decided that West acts far more psychotic, of the two).

So let's look back at some legendary "first looks," and see how we really felt about reimaginings, both before and after the fact.